NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 30, 2013 – The Voice winner and rising Country star Cassadee Pope brought her pop-rock sensibilities to NBC’s hit TV show last fall, sampling Miranda Lambert‘s “Over You” with a sincere understanding and deep interpretation only taught to music’s best vocalists. Prior to auditioning for the show, Pope was known as the lead singer of pop-punk band Hey Monday, which has released one full-length album (Hold On Tight) and three EPs (Beneath It All, Candles, The Christmas EP). Despite criticism that the 23-year-old songstress’ decision to take the Country route was manufactured, she promises that the transition has been authentic.
“When I sang [Miranda Lambert’s] ‘Over You’ on the show, the reaction was so incredible and I really connected with the lyrics, so it just kind of happened naturally,” she says in the latest issue of Country Aircheck. ” “It’s funny, people say because Blake’s a country singer that he pushed me to do it, but it’s something that I started on my own and it naturally progressed.”
Even before her win, Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta, VP and A&R rep Allison Jones and Jimmy Harnen were already eyeing her, noting her crossover potential. “We loved Cassadee,” Harnen says. “Scott made a phone call to [Universal Republic President] Monte Lipman and said, ‘If she ever wants to do this, let me know.’”
After she won the show’s third installment, Pope explains her decision further, “I had dabbled in both country and the pop rock genres and they came together in a really cool way. So when [Universal Republic] asked me what I wanted to do, I told them I wanted to take the country route. They said, ‘Well, Scott Borchetta has expressed an interest in you for a while now, so this is perfect.’”
Once Pope landed in Music City, her drive to get to work took over, and she didn’t want to part. “We started to book the travel to have her stay the week, but she didn’t want to leave,” Harnen says.
Pope adds, “I wanted to dig in and start writing. I knew momentum would be a huge part of this and I wanted to keep it going. I stayed in Nashville for a solid two months, writing five days a week.”
Pope will premiere her debut Country single on The Voice on June 4 and will launch a new CMT series this fall, documenting her rise to fame. The series will air in September. Pope will also tour with Rascal Flatts.
“The show will cover the writing and recording of the album, and they will be with her on her
first radio tour,” Harnen says.
“As someone that has a career now because of The Voice, I’m excited to have
my journey documented in more of a personal way,” Pope says. “I want people to see what I’ve been up to and all the work that’s gone into the roll out of my album and single.”
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